First in Future: Founder of the Conetoe Family Life Center Rev. Richard Joyner

Summary: We revisit an inspiring conversation we had with Rev. Richard Joyner, to start our new year of First in Future. Growing up in Pitt County, Rev. Richard Joyner hated the land of eastern North Carolina, because that’s where he and his 12 brothers and sisters had to spend their summers, working alongside their sharecropping parents.
Through the Conetoe Family Life Center, he has brought together Baptist, Muslims, and Unitarians. The Conetoe Center has gone from one congregation in one small town to 21 places in four counties, helping people eat better, provide for their families, learn and understand the math of agriculture (how much they can save for themselves and how much they need to sell.) He also teaches and preaches resilience and optimism to those within the program.

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